English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS)

Entry requirements
Sample Timetable
Enrolment Details

EPPS is suitable if you have met the academic requirements for postgraduate study at the University of Auckland, but have narrowly missed the English language requirements. 

This pathway ensures you gain the English proficiency and academic literacy needed for postgraduate and doctoral courses. Successfully completing the EPPS course with the required grade for your academic study programme will meet the English language requirements for entry to the University of Auckland.

Course length
10 weeks (an accelerated 7-week EPPS is available in November, and the EPPS for Business Masters runs in January)

Total hours
200 hours

To be eligible for EPPS, students must:

  • Hold a conditional offer of place from the University of Auckland
  • Meet the IELTS score requirements below as based on the score needed for your postgraduate programme


*The Academic IELTS score must have been issued within two years of the EPPS commencement date

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  • Students may commence their studies no later than the Friday of the first week of the course.
  • No late starts are allowed for Summer School – students must begin on the Monday of the first week of the course.
  • Students must pay the tuition fees for their Study Programme to ELA at least four (4) weeks prior to the commencement of their Study Programme, except in the following case: Students from the People’s Republic of China are not permitted to pay the tuition fees before INZ has granted “Student Visa Approval in Principle”
  • Please note students taking a Pathway course will need to have their own device, i.e. laptop or tablet

Repeating Students

  • Students repeating the course need to confirm their place with the Enrolments Manager no later than the first day of the course.
  • Students who have confirmed their place may commence their studies no later than the Friday of the first week of the course

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Hear from our English university pathway (EPPS) students


Geuchbuoy (Cambodia) completed the EPPS programme and went on to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Politics and International Relations at The University of Auckland. Listen to how she found the pathway programme alongside living in New Zealand.